Kicking Off Pool Season with Water Safety

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By Brandon Merano

PINCKNEYVILLE -- Kids in Pinckneyville are learning about staying safe this summer and having fun doing it.

Summer break means kids are leaving behind the classrooms, heading out to the pools or to the streets for a bike ride.

That's why the Pinckneyville Community Hospital thought Saturday was a good time to go over some safety rules. They brought in local health care workers, like Shane Malawy with the Pinckneyville Ambulance Service, to share the tips. 

"Its a great opportunity for them, the pool, hospital and ambulance service to get out there and outreach, just to let them know what's available in the community," said Malawy.

Malawy talked to the kids about always using the buddy system when swimming. The group also got to experience firsthand what to do when thunderstorms pop up.

"Of course as soon as I started my presentation, the weather decided not to cooperate," said Malawy. "But it's about getting out into the community and bringing these opportunities to people who may not get them otherwise."

The hospital has been hosting the event at Jake Bender Pool for three years.  It's something that organizers, like Crystal Alfeldt, want to continue to grow.

"The hospital doesn't have a lot of events geared toward kids necessarily," said Alfeldt. "So this is probably our biggest event of the year."

 
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